A Journey into Moral Chaos

TITLE: AVEN'U BOYS

AUTHOR: FRANK PUGLIESE

WHERE: OFF-BROADWAY

THE BOTTOM LINE: Vivid vignettes of racial and sexual violence among the urban poor announce the arrival of a gifted writer.

Works of art about the underclass almost always entrap both creators and audiences in moral ambiguity. No matter how determined not to condescend, artists and spectators all but inevitably feel an anthropological distance from their subjects. This holds especially true in the theater, a medium the underclass is apt to avoid as alien and unaffordable. Certainly, few playgoers at Aven'U Boys, a violent and vivid series of vignettes set in Brooklyn, New...

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